Brief: Vague Criminal Laws Threaten First Amendment

Supreme Court should take Ring case and clarify the reach of criminal laws in connection with First Amendment rights   For Immediate Release July 19, 2013 Contact: Joe Trotter 210-352-0055 (Cell) The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday urging that the Court hear a case […]

Filed Under: Completed Case, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Newsroom, Press Releases, Ring v. United States Other Links

“Federal Contractors Shouldn’t Lose First Amendment Rights”

Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus of the Cato Institute write about the lawsuit challenging the ban on federal contractors from making political contributions: From the Boston Tea Party of 1773 to today’s Tea Party movement, from suffragettes to Occupiers, freedom of political association has always been this country’s hallmark. Importantly, this First Amendment freedom extends to campaign […]

Filed Under: Blog, Current Case, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Wagner v. FEC Other Links

In the News: Cato Institute: Federal Contractors Shouldn’t Lose First Amendment Rights

Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus of the Cato Institute write about the lawsuit challenging the ban on federal contractors from making political contributions: From the Boston Tea Party of 1773 to today’s Tea Party movement, from suffragettes to Occupiers, freedom of political association has always been this country’s hallmark. Importantly, this First Amendment freedom extends […]

Filed Under: Current Case, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Quotes CCP, Wagner v. FEC Other Links

Daily Media Links 7/18: Spending and Amending: The Past and Future of Citizens United (Part Three: Republican Electoral Advantage?), IRS watchdog: Records of candidates, donors inappropriately disclosed, and more…

CCP   Spending and Amending: The Past and Future of Citizens United (Part Three: Republican Electoral Advantage?)  By Tom Swanson However, as always, there is more to the story. Spending totals seem to be heavily influenced by the enthusiasm and prospect of victory perceived by each side. In 2006, a year that saw a hapless Republican […]

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Spending and Amending: The Past and Future of Citizens United (Part Three: Republican Electoral Advantage?)

The following post is adapted from my 2012 essay, “Spending and Amending: The Past and Future of Citizens United.” It evaluates four major predictions, identified in “Back to the Future? The Effects of Citizens United v. FEC in the 2010 Election,” by Peter L. Francia, that motivate would-be “reformers” of Citizens United. Taken together, these […]

Filed Under: Blog, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, Issues

Daily Media Links 7/17: Federal Contractors Shouldn’t Lose First Amendment Rights, FreedomWorks denies John Cornyn portrayal, and more…

In the News   Cato Institute: Federal Contractors Shouldn’t Lose First Amendment Rights  By ILYA SHAPIRO and TREVOR BURRUS From the Boston Tea Party of 1773 to today’s Tea Party movement, from suffragettes to Occupiers, freedom of political association has always been this country’s hallmark. Importantly, this First Amendment freedom extends to campaign contributions. As the Supreme Court […]

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In the News: Huffington Post Live: “What’s Wrong With The FEC?”

Center for Competitive Politics Chairman Brad Smith participated in a Huffington Post Live segment, “What’s Wrong With The FEC?”: The FEC has been under attack as a “lame duck” agency due to deadlock on a variety of issues.  Although the deadlock frustrates pro-regulation reform efforts, it is an essential safeguard built into the Commission’s structure to […]

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In the News: Politico: Report: ‘Bright Lines’ suggestions fall short for nonprofit-IRS oversight

By Lauren French The Center for Competitive Politics is out with a new analysis heavily criticizing proposed reforms from the Public Citizen changing how the IRS deals with political nonprofits. Released just weeks after the IRS targeting scandal broke, the Public Citizen report suggests changing the rules that govern how nonprofits can speak about issues […]

Filed Under: In the News, IRS and the Tea Party, Issues, Quotes CCP

Daily Media Links 7/16: ‘Bright Lines’ suggestions fall short for nonprofit-IRS oversight, Lots of Hope but Little Evidence at D.C. City Council Hearing, and more…

In the News   Politico: Report: ‘Bright Lines’ suggestions fall short for nonprofit-IRS oversight By Lauren French The Center for Competitive Politics is out with a new analysis heavily criticizing proposed reforms from the Public Citizen changing how the IRS deals with political nonprofits. Released just weeks after the IRS targeting scandal broke, the Public Citizen report […]

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Campaigns, Mobilization, and Turnout in Mayoral Elections

In this paper, authors Thomas M. Holbrook and Aaron C. Weinschenk assess methods of increasing voter turnout by examining mayoral elections across the United States. Generally, research on local turnout has focused on institutions, with little attention devoted to examining the impact of campaigns. Using an original data set containing information from 144 large U.S. […]

Filed Under: Contributions & Limits, Expenditure, Faulty Assumptions, Research, Competition, Mayoral Elections, Voter Turnout, Contribution Limits, Expenditure, Faulty Assumptions, Contributions & Limits, Expenditure, Faulty Assumptions